5 Reasons Yacht Crew Leave

Here are five most common reasons why yacht crew leave.

  1. Distance

Although yachties are used to the time away, working 9+ months without having a day off can be the norm and it doesn’t make it any easier. As time goes on and you get further and further down the rabbit hole of yachting, crew onboard start to realise it’s not all about the money and often would settle for less pay in order to spend more time at home with family and friends.

  1. FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

Far too often crew miss out on big events, birthdays, weddings, celebrations etc. It’s near impossible to get home for the day or weekend, especially mid season with guests on. It just doesn’t happen. Missing out on the social life back home can lead to crew quitting.

  1. Personal/Family Problems

It’s very hard to stay focused at work when issues/problems arise at home and you are miles away. It slowly takes its toll on you mentally and is not at all healthy to be adding to the already stressful job at sea.

  1. Land Based Jobs

Yachties often find themselves on a long night watch, thinking if they were to leave yachting today, where would they go? What would they do? How do my current skills translate across to the land-based world? And even though crew may not earn as much or have the opportunity to travel as often when taking an alternative job, wanting to be near home, family and friends can be the drive of many who do opt out for a land based job.

  1. On-board Politics

Some crew find the industry tough to understand. You either get it or you don’t. You eat, sleep and work together very closely – the environment can wind people up and lead to conflicts arising from opposing opinions on trivial items or you can get along really well. It’s hard to stay professional 24/7, 365 days of the year without boiling over.